N A S S A U N O T E S
Princeton University Concert
Saxophonist Antonio Hart will be featured as a guest
soloist with the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble,
Jazz Ensemble II and Wayne Shorter Ensemble directed by
Anthony Branker at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. For tickets, contact
the Richardson box office at 258-5000.
Physicist to speak on painting and motorcycles
Physicist Charles Falco, whose interests range from
optical sciences to Renaissance painting to motorcycles,
will present two lectures on campus Tuesday and Wednesday,
He will speak on "Through a Looking
Glass: The Art of the Science of Renaissance Painting" on
Tuesday and "The Art and Science of the Motorcycle" on
Wednesday. Both lectures begin at 8 p.m. in McCosh 50.
Falco is a professor of optical sciences
at the University of Arizona, where he holds the UA Chair of
Condensed Matter Physics. He is a fellow of both the
American Physical Society and the Optical Society of
America, has published more than 250 scientific manuscripts
and co-edited two books, and has seven U.S. patents.
His first lecture will describe research
he has conducted with British portrait painter David
Hockney. The two have worked together to prove that artists
as early as the 1400s used lenses to help them paint 200
years before scientists began using lenses.
In his second lecture, Falco will examine
the interrelationship of technological, cultural,
sociological, aesthetic and gender-related factors over the
past century that have resulted in standard production
motorcycles. A longtime motorcycle enthusiast, Falco
co-curated an award-winning exhibit in 1997 at the
Guggenheim Museum in New York City on "The Art of the
Falco's talks are designated as Louis
Clark Vanuxem Lectures and are part of the University's
Public Lectures Series. They will be Webcast; for viewing
information, visit <www.princeton.edu/WebMedia/>.
NASA leader to focus on future of exploration
Charles Elachi, a pioneer in the development and use of
spaceborne imaging radar for scientific studies of Earth and
other planets, will present a lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday,
May 8, in McDonnell Auditorium.
Elachi, who was named director of NASA's
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in January
2001, will speak on "Space and Earth Exploration 2010:
Opportunities and Challenges."
Elachi has served in a variety of
research and management positions at the lab since 1971. He
is perhaps best known for his role in the development of a
series of imaging radar systems for the Space Shuttle that
allowed scientists to see through clouds that blanket Earth.
The radar even penetrates the top layer of soil in arid
regions, revealing hints of what lies below the surface.
His talk is part of the Evnin Lectures in
Science and Technology for the New Millennium and is
sponsored by the Council on Science and Technology, the
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the
Department of Astrophysical Sciences.
School dean to discuss paradox of American power May 8
Joseph Nye Jr., dean of the John F. Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard University, will speak on "The Paradox
of American Power" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in
Nye, who received his bachelor's degree
summa cum laude from Princeton in 1958, also is the Don
Price Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, where he joined
the faculty in 1964. He became the dean of its Kennedy
School in 1995.
Nye has had a distinguished career in
government as well as in academia. From 1977 to 1979, he was
deputy to the undersecretary of state for security, science
and technology and chair of the National Security Council
Group on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. In 1993 and
1994, he was chair of the National Intelligence Council and,
in 1994 and 1995, served as assistant secretary of defense
for international security affairs.
Nye is the author of numerous books,
including "The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's
Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone" (2002). He argues that
America must adopt a more cooperative engagement with the
rest of the world. In the future, he believes the United
States will rely less on military might and more on "soft
power" power that comes from the appeal of our culture,
values and institutions.
Nye's talk is part of a lecture series on
"Current Issues in International Relations" sponsored by the
Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination and the Center
of International Studies.
Talks set on bias and conflict resolution
Lee Ross, a professor of psychology at Stanford
University and co-founder of the Stanford Center on Conflict
and Negotiation, will deliver two lectures on campus.
He will discuss "Understanding
Misunderstanding: Some Perspectives on Perception of Bias"
at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in 104 Computer Science
At 4 p.m. Friday, May 10, he will address
"Barriers to Interpersonal and Intergroup Dispute Resolution
... and Some Techniques to Overcome Them" in the Langfield
Lounge, Green Hall.
Ross is an authority on research
concerning biases in human inference, judgment and
decision-making. His extensive program of empirical research
examines the cognitive, perceptual and motivational biases
that lead people to misinterpret each other's behavior and
that create particular barriers to dispute resolution.
His addresses are part of the Edward
Jones Lectures in Social Psychology sponsored by the
Department of Psychology.
May 10 symposium planned on measuring consumer
A symposium titled "How Confident Can We Be in Consumer
Confidence?" is scheduled for Friday, May 10, in
Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The event, which will
focus on the measurement and use of consumer confidence
indices, will run from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The afternoon will begin with a
discussion of the Consumer Confidence Index and the Index of
Consumer Sentiment, specifically the methodology by which
each index determines its rating. The second discussion will
focus on the use of these indices for larger economic
forecasts and for predicting consumption and spending.
The symposium is sponsored by the Survey
Research Center and the Center for Health and Wellbeing,
both of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs. For more information, visit http://www.wws.princeton.edu/~psrc/UpcomingEvents.html.
Princeton University Concerts
The American String Quartet (above) will be joined by
violist Michael Tree and cellist David Soyer at 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 16, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander
Hall. The program will include music by Haydn, Mozart and
Brahms and will be the final performance in this season's
Concert Classics series presented by Princeton University
Concerts. For ticket information, contact the Richardson box
office at 258-5000.
Wristbands needed for Reunions
All alumni and University representatives once again will
be required to have some sort of identification to
participate in Reunions activities, which this year fall on
May 30, May 31 and June 1.
For faculty and staff, that
identification takes the form of a wristband. The wristbands
will allow them to enter Reunion sites and to obtain
Faculty and staff members may get a
wristband for themselves and one additional wristband for a
guest. Applicants and guests must be 21 years of age or
older. The single fee to cover all three evenings is $20 per
person, payable by check (no cash) to the Alumni
Those who would like to attend must
complete an application and submit it by Friday, May 17, to
Lydia Osborne, Alumni Council, Maclean House. Applications
are available on the first floor of Maclean House.
Faculty and staff members and their
guests may pick up their wristbands in person between 7 and
11 p.m. May 30, May 31 and June 1 in the parlor of Maclean
House (entrance at the front of the house). Identification
in the form of a University ID card and valid driver's
license with photo will be required for pickup.
May 6, 2002
Vol. 91, No. 26
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